With the DIY revolution underway, home manufacturers of all sorts of products, from face creams to insect repellants, are sharing information on the Web to help others get involved with a more natural type of consumerism. It has never been so easy to find recipes, and research methods for creating your own products, be they to sell or for personal use. Today we are here to contribute with a few tips for DIY soapmakers. If you make soap, or have been hankering to make soap, have a look at the insider tips below.
You of course want your soap to be a bar that will lather when wet. One trick experts found for creating good lather is increasing the amount of certain types of essential oils. We are thinking of substances like coconut oil and palm kernel oil. Professionals also recommend replacing the water in your soap recipe with additives that contain sugar, like wine or even beer. (Just keep it clean, and add it to the soap, and not your glass).
To stabilize or sustain that lather, castor oil is just right, though if you go over 15 percent you run the risk of the soap becoming sticky. Other oils that work to sustain or stabilize lather are almond oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter.
If you are seeking to increase the conditioning aspects of your soap, DIY soap-making experts recommend evening primrose oil, jojoba oil, flaxseed oil, or modifying liquid aspects of your recipe to include goat’s milk or yoghurt. Such pure and non-chemical ingredients are natural conditioners and have been for centuries.
Should your soap be too unintentionally soft, increase its firmness with ingredients like beeswax. You will want the beeswax to make up 1 to 5 percent of the recipe to achieve the correct firmness of your bar soap.
Of course there are limitless ways to fiddle with soap recipes. But the above are proven, and recommended by soap-making experts. And the really good news is most of the ingredients mentioned are available at the All In Packaging webshop. For cosmetics ingredients and essential oils, we offer a convenient and reliable source. Stop by, and if you don’t see what you are looking for, just ask, as we are always on the lookout for the ingredient our customers desire. Your feedback is appreciated.